Film At Lincoln Center Announces “ANGELS AND PUPPETS: THE STAGE ON SCREEN WITH ANNIE BAKER,” JUNE 14–20

No Rest for the Weekend
2 min readMay 14, 2024
The Tales of Hoffmann (Rialto Pictures), Summer Stock (Warner Bros.), My Dinner With André (Janus Films), Original Cast Album: Company (Janus Films), and Floating Weeds (Janus Films)

A selection of films handpicked by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker in anticipation of the release of her directorial debut, Janet Planet, with Baker in-person at select screenings

[New York, NY -May 14, 2024] Film at Lincoln Center announces “Angels and Puppets: The Stage on Screen with Annie Baker,” a series of 17 films handpicked by acclaimed playwright Annie Baker that engage with theater as a cinematic theme, in anticipation of the release of Baker’s directorial debut, , on June 21. The series will be presented at FLC from June 14 through June 20, with many films shown on 35mm and Baker in-person for select introductions and Q&As, including a sneak preview of Janet Planet on June 20. Opening Night of the series will feature Louis Malle’s iconic collaborations with André Gregory and Wallace Shawn, My Dinner with André (1981) and Vanya on 42nd Street (1994), both presented on 35mm. Baker will also engage in a discussion with Shawn about each film’s perspective on theater as an art form and its translation to the big screen.

Since her off-Broadway debut in 2008, Baker-perhaps best known to New York audiences as the author of 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winner The Flick, a chamber piece set entirely in the auditorium of a fading movie palace in suburban Massachusetts-has been celebrated for pioneering a dramaturgical sensibility situated at the intersection of theater and cinema. Noting her careful attention to the mechanics and affective consequences of duration, critics have heralded the pointedly “anti-theatrical” slant of Baker’s work in theater, where she exhibits a granular fascination with idiosyncratic regional textures, the rhythms and linguistic patterns of small talk, and the minute, unstudied gestures of everyday self-expression-all deployed with wry, understated humor and an unwavering compassion for characters who inhabit the margins of a social or cultural ecosystem.

With the release of NYFF61 Main Slate selection Janet Planet, lauded as one of last year’s most aesthetically sophisticated and strikingly original filmmaking debuts, Baker has come full circle, adapting her immense talents for world-building and characterization to the visual vocabularies and narrative syntax of the seventh art.

Organized by Florence Almozini, Madeline Whittle, and Annie Baker.

Among the screenings selections will be such classics as: Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, Vincente Minnelli’s The Band Wagon, Igmar Bergman’s Children of Paradise, Fanny and Alexander, John Cassavetti’s Opening Night, D.A. Pannebaker’s documentary The Original Cast Album: Company, and more…

For a full lineup of films and ticket information visit: filmlinc.org

Originally published at http://behindtherabbitproductions.wordpress.com on May 14, 2024.

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